THERE IS MORE SAID IN THE PODCAST AUDIO THAN IN THE NOTES BELOW
Welcome to the How to Stay and Survive the Coronavirus Plague Briefing Podcast #108. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Revelation 2:1-7 says:
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The Ephesians were first reminded to remember the height from which you have fallen! They were told to repent and to return to the love they had left. Similar exhortations concerning the need for a deep love for God are frequently found in the New Testament. Christ stated that one’s love for God should be greater than his love for his closest relatives, including his father, mother, son, and daughter. Paul added that love for God should even be above one’s love for his or her mate. In calling the Ephesian believers to repentance Christ was asking them to change their attitude as well as their affections. They were to continue their service not simply because it was right but because they loved Christ. He warned them that if they did not respond, the light of their witness in Ephesus would be extinguished: I will remove your lampstand from its place. The church continued and was later the scene of a major church council, but after the 5th century both the church and the city declined. The immediate area has been uninhabited since the 14th century.
One additional word of commendation was inserted. They were commended because they hated the practices of the Nicolaitans. There has been much speculation concerning the identity of the Nicolaitans, but the Scriptures do not specify who they were. They apparently were a sect wrong in practice and in doctrine.
As in the other letters, Christ gave the Ephesian church a promise addressed to individuals who will hear. He stated, To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. The tree of life, first mentioned in Genesis 3:22, was in the Garden of Eden. Later it reappears in the New Jerusalem where it bears abundant fruit. Those who eat of it will never die. This promise should not be construed as reward for only a special group of Christians but a normal expectation for all Christians. “The paradise of God” is probably a name for heaven. Apparently it will be identified with the New Jerusalem in the eternal state.
This encouragement to true love reminded them again of God’s gracious provision for salvation in time and eternity. Love for God is not wrought by legalistically observing commands, but by responding to one’s knowledge and appreciation of God’s love.”
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According to Reuters, U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic exceeded 160,000 on Friday, nearly a quarter of the world’s total, as the country debates whether schools are ready to reopen their doors in the coming weeks. Coronavirus deaths are rising in 23 states and cases in 20 states. The grim milestone marks an increase of 10,000 deaths in nine days in the United States.
According to Reuters, University of Washington health experts forecast that nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from coronavirus by Dec. 1.
According to Barron’s, The United States has recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the highest number of daily fatalities in three months.
According to the Daily Mail, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a press briefing that 91 people caught the coronavirus after one infected man went to an undisclosed church causing the virus to ‘spread like wildfire’.
According to NBC, one person dies every 80 seconds from the coronavirus in America on average.
According to the AP, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the Daily Mail, Dr Fauci said that parts of the US are ‘on fire’ with the coronavirus and that America has the worst outbreak in the world with 60,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths a day.
According to ESPN, UConn has become the first team to cancel football season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Daily Mail, More than 100 students have been sent home to quarantine for 14 days after six students and a staff member at a Mississippi school district tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Bakersfield News, after the Trump administration last month ordered hospitals to stop sending data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and instead send it to a private data firm under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, a Lack of public data is hampering the fight against the coronavirus
According to the Hill, White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx is warning of an uptick in coronavirus cases in nine U.S. cities as well as California’s Central Valley.
According to the New York Post, Dr. Fauci is already worried about the next coronavirus pandemic wave. He noted that while the current pandemic continues to pose a historic threat, he’s also concerned that we’re going to have outbreaks after this outbreak.
According to Deadline, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has stated that the city Will Shut Off Water And Power At Homes That Throw Large Parties
According to Bloomberg, The U.S. is projected to see the worst reversal of fortune this year in a ranking of global economic misery, underscoring just how much havoc the pandemic has wrought. America fell 25 spots, from the No. 50 spot to No. 25, on Bloomberg’s Misery Index, which tallies inflation and unemployment outlooks for 60 economies.
According to France24, Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne entered the country’s toughest lockdown yet on Thursday. A second lockdown for the state capital of Victoria began in early July but additional regulations came into force overnight, requiring hundreds of thousands more people to stay at home.
According to the News Times, The virus is no longer principally an urban problem: It is present throughout every state, and those infected often don’t know it, leading to what top public health officials call “inherent community spread.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, Citing a concerning resurgence in coronavirus infections and related public health trends, both in Baltimore and across the nation, Johns Hopkins University announced today that it now plans for all undergraduate instruction, labs, and co-curricular activities to be held online for the duration of the fall semester.
According to Reuters, a Quarantine ‘checkpoint’ has opened at New York City’s Penn Station to enforce travel rules.
According to Fox News, With the daily number of coronavirus cases in the United States still hovering at about 50,000 and American deaths from the disease approaching 160,000, cities across the country are taking increasingly severe measures to force the curve of the outbreak downward — including power shutoffs, fines and more.
According to Yahoo, After first being spared, rural California is now being ravaged by the coronavirus.
According to France24, Health officials fighting the coronavirus pandemic say they have a new problem — carefree youths who are ignoring social distancing rules and letting loose around the world, fuelling a surge in infections.
According to Colorado Public Radio, Houses of worship have become a growing concern for Colorado health departments as the number of coronavirus outbreaks within church communities and at religious events has climbed. In the last two weeks there have been at least four coronavirus outbreaks at churches, according to state and county health departments. Two of those outbreaks occurred in Garfield County at the Iglesia de Dios Pentacostal in Parachute, with at least eight lab-confirmed cases, and the Pan de Vida church in Rifle, with at least 14 lab-confirmed cases. All cases were reported among church attendees.
According to News4, 14 members of the Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, rested positive for the coronavirus.
According to KXXV, A church in Copperas Cove, Texas, says they have about 20 people within their congregation with COVID-19 symptoms, and five positive cases.
According to NBC, A county health department in North Carolina has issued an alert after learning that about 10 people infected with the coronavirus were among the mourners at a funeral service at Emmaus Baptist Church in Pittsboro.
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What Is a Good Schedule for Homeschooling?, Part 5
The Co-op-Driven Schedule
Some families belong to academic co-ops that meet on a regular schedule, commonly once per week. While some co-ops are self-contained, with the kids doing enrichment learning at co-op with no expected follow-up, other co-ops have the core academic subjects. Students are expected to do assignments at home and study for tests given by co-op teachers. Parents will arrange their weekly schedules at home to help their children prepare for the coming classes at co-op. In my homeschooling life, I’ve been involved in Monday co-ops, Wednesday co-ops, and Thursday co-ops, some of which had homework expectations and some which did not, driven by the type of learning situation my kids wanted. If the co-op has the core academic classes a parent or child wants covered, then other academic interests that are independent of the co-op are also worked in around co-op homework, spread throughout the other days of the week.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.